6 June 2014

Kenya: Hate Speech On Internet Goes Down

THE National Steering Committee has reported a 70 per cent decline in the use of hate speech on social media. This follows the launch of investigations into nine bloggers of hate speech last week.

Seven of them deleted their account postings. Addressing the media in Nairobi yesterday, the committee chair Mary Ombara said the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions are investigating hate speech.

"The committee has submitted the documentation to the relevant authorities," she said.

Ombara said NCIC is still investigating human rights activist David Matsanga over alleged hate speech. She said by Monday the committee will have given NCIC a list of bloggers of hate speech and incitement.

"The bloggers will also be publicly mentioned as we call for continuous vigilance on hate speech to protect national cohesion," Ombara said.


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